Our goal is to make applying for Visiting Elective opportunities easy for students from Canada and around the world.

Re-Shaping Visiting Electives Since 2014

The Portal was launched in 2014 in response to the significant concerns expressed by both the Canadian Federation of Medical Students and the AFMC Standing Committee on Undergraduate Medical Education regarding the complexity and inconvenience medical students face when applying for electives in Canada. See how the AFMC Student Portal re-shaped the way Canadian medical schools manage visiting electives.


The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

AFMC is the academic partnership of Canada’s faculties of medicine. Through our collective leadership, expertise and advocacy, we will achieve excellence in education, research and care for the health of all Canadians.

National Report

The AFMC Student Portal Data on Visiting Electives: National Report is a public document released annually in the first quarter of the year. The report captures information on the application and placement activities across all 17 Canadian medical schools for visiting students as well as home school students at a given host institution (i.e. schools accepting applications for visiting electives through the Portal).


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On March 20, the undergraduate medical education deans decided to suspend visiting elective applications until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will not be able to submit applications on the AFMC student Portal.

Given the level of uncertainty about how the pandemic response will unfold, we can not give a certain answer at this time. The Undergraduate Deans of Canada’s medical schools are meeting on a regular basis and the decision to re-open the Portal will be made collaboratively and consistently across the country. Students will receive communications from their home school and on the Portal home page regarding the reopening of the Portal. We will attempt to provide students with adequate lead time prior to the re-opening of the first window for applications. We understand that there will be less time for electives offices to organize electives for visiting students and we are committing to doing our best to best support students in finding electives once the Portal re-opens.

For general information about COVID-19 in Canada, you can consult the Canadian Public Health Agency’s website. To enquire about COVID-19 in other countries, we would advise you to contact your local public health officials.

We are here to help.

We are here to help.

Are you a student? Contact us through Student Support, one of out Support Agents will be pleased to help you.

Not a student? Email us directly at service@afmcstudentportal.ca.

January 7th, 2022

Portal and Visiting Electives update

The AFMC Student Portal for visiting electives is currently closed. Visiting Electives for the Class of 2022 were suspended during the AFMC Board meeting on April 18, 2021. That includes electives for both Canadian and International students. The Undergraduate Deans of Canada’s medical schools are meeting on a regular basis and the decision to re-open the Portal will be made collaboratively and consistently across the country taking into account learning opportunities, provincial covid restrictions and other public health concerns.

We are working with our new Service Provider to build out the new visiting elective service portal. It will be ready when electives are offered again.

December 21, 2021

Portal Home page Upgrade

The AFMC Student Portal will be offline starting December 23, 2021. The refreshed portal will being rolling out in late February 2022.

For MCAT® Fee Assistance Program Applicants please verify eligibility and submit application through our AFMC website.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk at service@afmcstudentportal.ca